Dave Schultz (ice hockey)
David William "The Hammer" Schultz (born October 14, 1949) is a Canadian businessman and former professional ice hockey coach and player. Schultz is renowned as one of hockey's greatest enforcers and holds the NHL record for most penalty minutes in a single season, at 472. Schultz was born in Waldheim, Saskatchewan, but grew up in Rosetown, Saskatchewan.
Schultz playing for the Philadelphia Flyers
October 14, 1949|
Waldheim, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
Los Angeles Kings
52nd overall, 1969|
Schultz was known as a point producer in junior hockey, but became an 'enforcer' in his first year of pro hockey with the Salem Rebels of the EHL, prior to joining the Philadelphia Flyers, where he would become famous.
Schultz earned the nickname "The Hammer" for his aggressive style of hockey. He was one of the most notable enforcers on the Philadelphia Flyers' famous "Broad Street Bullies." After winning two Stanley Cups with the Flyers (1973–74 and 1974–75), "The Hammer" drifted through several teams (Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres) in search of a permanent position. When GMs tried to find some "muscle" for their fledgling clubs, they thought of him. Schultz was also able to capitalize on his popularity as a player when he recorded a local Philadelphia hit song called "The Penalty Box" in the mid 1970s.
Schultz could be more than an enforcer; he scored 20 goals for Philadelphia in 1973–74. He also scored the series-clinching goal in overtime in the first round of the 1974 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Atlanta Flames. Despite his successes, Schultz later expressed regret about his role as an enforcer and the prominence of fighting in hockey.
After injuring his wrist in a fight, Schultz once put boxing wraps on his hands for protection. As things usually went, Dave had several fights in ensuing games, while wearing the wraps. However, soon after, enforcers in both the National Hockey League and World Hockey Association started wearing similar hand protection. This was not to protect an already injured hand/wrist, but to prevent themselves from injury in a fight. Soon after this trick became popular, both the WHA and NHL passed what became known as the "Schultz Rule" — thus banning the boxing wraps' temporary involvement in professional ice hockey.
Schultz co-authored a book entitled The Hammer with Stan Fischler that provides insights into the world of a professional ice hockey enforcer.
- Holds the NHL record for most penalty minutes in a season with 472 penalty minutes during the 1974–75 season.
|1966–67||Swift Current Broncos||Exhib.||26||19||13||32||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1967–68||Swift Current Broncos||WCHL||59||35||34||69||138||—||—||—||—||—|
|1968–69||Swift Current Broncos||WCHL||33||16||16||32||65||—||—||—||—||—|
|1968–69||Sorel Black Hawks||MMJHL||18||15||19||34||61||—||—||—||—||—|
|1976–77||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||76||10||20||30||232||9||1||1||2||45|
|1977–78||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||8||2||0||2||27||—||—||—||—||—|
|Team||Season||League||Regular Season||Post Season|
|New York Slapshots||1985-86||ACHL||59||21||38||0||0||Out of playoffs|
|Madison Monsters||1996-97||CoHL||74||46||21||0||7||Lost in round 1|
|Baton Rouge Kingfish||1997-98||ECHL||59||26||24||9||0||Out of playoffs|
|Mohawk Valley Prowlers||1998-99||UHL|
|Elmira Jackals||2004-05||UHL||21||5||16||0||0||Out of playoffs|
- List of NHL players with 2000 career penalty minutes
- "Part V -- Top enforcers". espn.com. 2005-09-26. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
- "1969 NHL DRAFT PICK: Dave Schultz". hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
- "Dave Schultz (2) - Penalty Box / Your Way's Right for You".
- "Flyers History - History Versus Atlanta Flames".
- "Dave Schultz: A Letter to My Son About Violence". The New York Times. 1982-02-07.
- Zeisler, Laurel (2012-12-19). Historical Dictionary of Ice Hockey. ISBN 9780810878631.
- "The Hammer: Confessions of a Hockey Enforcer". bookfinder.com. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
- "Individual NHL records that may never be broken".